Perpetual tries to move closer to Final 4 berth

THE University of Perpetual Help Altas seek a step closer to at least a tie for a Final Four berth when they battle the San Sebastian Stags at 2 p.m., today, even as the Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers try to improve their chances for a spot in the Final Four against lowly Lyceum of the Philippines Pirates in today’s crucial doubleheader in the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball tournament at the San Juan Arena.

Aric del Rosario said the Altas, who are currently at third with an 11-5 card, are looking to put a lock on a win that would give them a firm grip on a berth in the Final Four after they were derailed by the loss to the Bombers, 60-62, last Fiday.

“We blew our chance in the last game. Hopefully, this time we can do it,” said del Rosario

The Altas actually are second behind the San Beda Red Lions and the Letran Knights, who share the same 12-4 card for the lead.

Perpetual’s top gunner, reigning MVP Earl Scottie Thompson, is expected to go all out following a lackluster performance against the Heavy Bombers.

In that  game, Thompson was held to just 12 points on a nightmarish four-of-15 shooting clip, but still came four assists short of another triple-double effort with 11 rebounds and six dimes, after registering a league record seven triple-doubles in the tournament.

Jose Rizal is currently tied with Mapua and Arellano at no. 4 on 10-6 marks and a win in their 4 p.m. duel with LPU would keep its Final Four hopes alive.

“We consider all our remaining games as do-or-die games,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses.

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